Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
(c) Palazzo Litta

Call for participation: Milano 2019

For the second year, Pro Helvetia is pleased to show a selection of young innovative design studios at Palazzo Litta, in the very heart of Milano’s Fuorisalone under the Design Switzerland label. A part from being the most important design event worldwide, Milano Design Week offers numerous opportunities to meet future business partners. Fuorisalone is …

Design Switzerland at Designers’ Saturday 2018 © Nicolas Schopfer

Photo impressions from Langenthal

  Every two years, Langenthal becomes an international meeting place for design during the Designers’ Saturday. The three-day event is held at textile, glass or wood production sites in and around Langenthal, giving an industrial flair to the scenography. Pro Helvetia, under the Design Switzerland banner, invited seven young studios to present their latest prototypes, …

Vanessa Schindler © Ardita Mehaet Yasmina Gonin

Swiss fashion in Dubai

Encouraging idea exchanges through fashion and the culture of design. Situated in Dubai’s industrial quarter, Alserkal Avenue was established in 2007 to encourage and support the region’s burgeoning contemporary art and design scene. On the occasion of a serie of exhibitions, conferences, performances and workshops held in November 2018,  Swiss nomadic fashion platform SEPTIEME ETAGE …

Matchmaking at GIFF 2017 © Jean Luc Andrianasolo

Guidelines for successful matchmaking

Matchmaking is the art of linking up design and interactive media projects devised by creative minds with suitable investors, producers and publishers and so building partnerships. Guidelines for successful matchmaking in the field can be found in the recently published «Matchmaking Cookbook», provided by Engagement Migros and Pro Helvetia,. The Cookbook aims to provide useful tips …

«Accolade» © Dimitri Cuche

Laure Gremion’s alternative to the classical wheelbarrow

Initially developed as her ECAL graduation project, Laure Gremion won the 2012 National James Dyson Award with her innovative wheelbarrow. Consisting in a two-wheel trolley holding a removable tarpaulin bag, «Accolade» is at the same time strong, light, and easily maniable. By replacing the usual container with a set of multiple bags, the designer offers a flexibility …

«La Serre» © Douma Guittet

An urban greenhouse by Douma Guittet

«La Serre» shelters your aromatic herbs, spices and flowers. From seed to plant, its wide door allows you to follow the growing of the plants, and to reach easily the edible fresh herbs. Beyond its culinary and decorative interest, «La Serre» has also been developed on a didactic approach: everyone can give a try at …

«Stora» by Matthieu Girel © Calypso Mahieu

«Stora» by Matthieu Girel

Office, library, store or living room: «Stora» is a modular shelving system allowing many combinations and applications for professional and domestic use. Thanks to its dismountable tubular structure and reversible folded steel panels, the user can easily adapt the storage combination according to his needs. «Stora» can be entirely disassembled, flat-pack delivered, and assembled with …


«Pusada» cutlery by Carlo Clopath

With «Pusada» industrial designer Carlo Clopath aims to propose an essential, contemporary, elegant and well balanced cutlery set with a hollow handled knife. Each item is finely detailed with subtle variations of thickness – the handle is flat, nearly oval in section with fluid transitions from bowl to handle. The proportions are visually balanced and …

«Tele» (Close up) © SEIS

«Tele» A lamp for the nomadic lifestyles of today

«As our lifestyles become more an more nomadic, our products should adapt to it.» claims the designer Sébastien El Idrissi. He designed an LED standing light that is easy to transport and flexible in use. The design was first created for NOV gallery’s exhibition «The future artefact» during the Milan furniture fair 2018. For the …

Kraft (c) Jerome Rütsche / Leon Laskowski

«Kraft»: exploring lightweight and sustainable material

«Kraft» is a material research project, focusing on the properties of a 100% bio-based and biodegradable Swiss made material, commonly used in the electrical industry. The designers Jerome Rütsche (Crisp ID) and Leon Laskowski teamed up for this research project and have examined the potential of this massproduced material for worthwhile uses in other valuable …